Director: Rufus Norris
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear, Eloise Laurena, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic
Country of Origin: UK 2012
Language: English 91 mins.
'Adapted from 'Broken' a novel by Daniel Clay this debut film by theatre director Rufus Norris is a slice of British realism which sees an outstanding performances from Eloise Laurena as Skunk, the precocious and smart daughter of Roy (Tim Roth) a solicitor and single parent'.
Eleven year old Skunk witnesses a violent assault by her neighbour, Bob Oswald (Rory Kinnear) on Rick (Robert Emms) a young man with emotional and psychological problems who lives over the road. This triggers a chain of events that has a devastating effect on Rick and all of the inhabitants of this North London cul-de-sac.
The cast are excellent. Rory Kinnear as the almost demonic Bob, single parent to three unruly daughters is almost too convincing in his belief that his offspring can do no wrong. Tim Roth is wonderfully laid back as Archie Skunk's caring father and Cillian Murphy as Mike, Skunk's school teacher is perfect as the well meaning heart broken plonker.
It's very watchable and I recommend it but I have a nagging feeling that even with the tragic events it's a bit too sweet as seen from the concluding frames. It doesn't have that grit, depth and vision that a Mike Leigh production carries. Perhaps I need to watch the movie again but I've the feeling that I'd come to the same conclusion.